Twas a very dark living room indeed. The overhead light bulb burned out when we walked in with the Christmas Tree, so we set it up by a small lamplight. (When light bulbs die, we live by a strange, tacit rule that we will not under any circumstances bother to change it for at least a month, unless it is in the kitchen or bathroom.)
And gradually, the room began to glow until
We would not have used the overhead light if it worked anyway! Who needs it? I think I will live by Christmas Tree light until we decide to change that light bulb. Maybe that could give me an excuse to leave the Tree up through the dead months of January and February!
It's so simple and pretty with just the lights. I always stop and think, should I even bother with the ornaments?
But I do. I bother. I love taking them out and reciting what I've written on the backs of each ornament: the year, who it's from, and any other memory that needs recording. This star is made of tin, and it was made and given to me by a folk artist name Ann B. Moore who lives in Columbus, GA. She made a whole set of these stars and gave them to me one Christmas.
And with them came little tin banners that say Joy, Laughter, and Love Love Love.
Husband and I bought this our first Christmas together in Tennessee. It was handmade by a stained glass artist who has a shop in downtown Murfreesboro. When it came time to leave town for a week to visit family, I took it off the tree and hung it on a necklace chain and wore it. So, my mother-in-law took a picture of me wearing it and made a special little box for us to store it in, with the photo under the lid.
I love catching the reflection of the tree in the windows. I love that it can light more than one place at once.
Ah, and this one. I made this from seashells last year when we lived in Ponte Vedra Beach.
It hangs from raffia with a little shell tied at the top. Now, I have to think of something to represent our new home, Charlotte, for this year's ornament...
And while I hung ornaments and recited the memories for each, Husband made chowder and this cute little bread-and-cracker arrangement. He is such an artist at heart!